Hello, thank you for looking at my electronic portfolio. My name is Maple Baxter, and I’m excited to allow you to get to know me as an educator and person. My overall passions lay in inquiry-based teaching. Through student-led guided inquiry, we are able to achieve cross-curricular outcomes that allow meaningful learning opportunities for every student. Every student and their interests, matter.
While completing my Bachelors of Education at the University of Regina with honours, I was blessed with learning experiences in three schools. The last placement that I was honoured was in a grade four classroom, where I spent the most time. There, I had the opportunity to trial guided inquiry projects in many ways.
My first job as an educator is presently at Mulgrave International School. Here at Mulgrave, we believe in allowing the student to be the leader of their learning. The educator facilitates the tasks and projects, and the student uses essential skills and critical thinking to solve the task at hand. We ask our students to end most projects with an action. Being in a dynamic and progressive society, most action have an environmental sustainability air to them. This allows for students to understand how their actions as humans influence the natural environment, which we love. Below is a video I created reflecting my outlook of learning with a for the natural environment.
Another fundamental passion of mine is electronic learning and digital citizenship. At a young age, students are expected to navigate a variety of online platforms which come natively to them. It is our job, as educators, to teach students the proper way to represent themselves online. Another importance in today’s learning culture is teaching students how to use the digital tools presented to them for the tasks that fit them best. In short, we teach students how to learn independently — online. This is a skill that they will carry for the rest of their lives.
Lastly, I have a strong passion for social justice in the classroom. Since I was first introduced to education studies, I’ve been interested in the students most often left behind. These students are who make me who I am as an educator, and I strive to help them succeed in every classroom. You’ll see this passion shine through in my work as an Interventionist with the Autism Resource Centre, as well as a Special Education Assistant with Regina Public Schools.
Thank you for taking the time to review my introduction. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to me.